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What Should Persons With Hcv Infection Do To Protect Their Liver
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
When is a cut/wound sealed? If you pick a pimple and it bleeds but then stops. At what point is it protected from infection like HCV if contact blood?
Skin injury: The answer is in stages. the first stage is stop bleeding. It has some protection then, Dont worry about catching something from your own blood. The cells close the wound.by regrowth. It slowly closes over a couple of days. If it is clean, they grow faster. Withing 3-4 days it is closed. The wound heals side to side so the narrower it is the faster it heals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i'm on Trileptal,can I safely can take Tylenol approx. 3 times weekly at 500-750 mg/day,to manage headaches and joint pain due HCV infection?
Yes, you can: However, for a patient with liver disease or taking other medication that can damage the liver, Tylenol dosing should be reduced to about 2 grams/day. Simple analgesics such as aspirin or Tylenol can produce MOH (medication overuse headache). Of course, always ask your doctor for more information about your individual situation. ...Read more
Real: From my reading, most couples in which one partner is infected and the other is not do not transmit the infection. ...Read more
When might a specialist (gastroenterologist or hepatologist) be consulted regarding the management of HCV infection?
When diagnosed: Complex disease, complex management issues, changing medications, monitoring. Should be followed by a doc experienced in the management of the disease. ...Read more
Can HCV co-infection affect the accuracy of HIV rapid test results? If HIV and HCV antibodies tests are negative at 5 months, are HIV results accurate
It shouldn't: Antibody tests are specific for the antibodies being tested for, so hcv antibodies shouldn't have an effect on HIV antibody tests. If you've tested negative at 5 months, i don't see why those results wouldn't be accurate, but if you want to be sure, you can always wait another 4-6 months and have the HIV test repeated. ...Read more
Will a Chronic HCV infection result in a high number of lymphocytes or be shown as an infection on a cbc with diff?
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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